PKP Polish Railways Lines (PKP PLK) has completed Europe’s first project financed with Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). “Improvement of safety on the Central Railway Line (CMK)” project covered the removal of 2 railway level crossings and the construction of road viaducts. The PLN 17.5 bn investment, of which PLN 14.9 represented CEF financing, is a part of a Global Project covering a comprehensive modernisation of the CNC part between Warszawa and Katowice adjusting its characteristics to TEN-T Core Network requirements.
The project included the elimination of the level crossing with district roads located at 127 and 147 km of the line (Grodzisk Mazowiecki – Katowice and Grodzisk Mazowiecki – Katowice rail sections), contributing to safety improvement and bottlenecks elimination, allowing for the speed increase to over 160km/h and to 200 km/h (Olszamowice – Włoszczowa) on the given sections and to further cut journey times from Warsaw, among others, to Krakow and Katowice.
“This is not only the first CEF project completed by PLK, but also the first in Europe. It is important, because it allowed us to increase security and speed to 200 km/h on an important line of CMK. Other projects, funded from the first and second call instrument “Connecting Europe Facility” are also going to be implemented efficiently and according to schedule”, said Ireneusz Merchel, president of PKP PLK.